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Hemenway & Gainsborough Street - Fenway Water, Sewer and Drainage Project



The Boston Water and Sewer Commission's project involves replacement of water mains and the replacement and rehabilitation of sewerage and drainage pipes on various streets in the Fenway. The planned project intends to improve the water distribution system and upgrade aging sewerage and drainage systems in the Fenway.

Scope of Work (Contract No. 14-308-004)

This work includes the replacement of approximately 4,200 feet of water main replacement, 1,230 feet of drain replacement and 4,190 feet of structural liner.

Work To Be Completed

Gainsborough St- Huntington Ave to Hemenway St

  • Replace 1,100 feet of 12" water main
  • Replace 700 feet of 12" drain pipe
  • Replace 50 feet of 18 sewer pipe
  • Install 800 feet of 30"x36" structural sewer liner
  • Install 150 feet of structural drain liner

Hemenway St: Forsyth Way to Boylston St

  • Replace 3,100 feet of 12" water main
  • Replace 350 feet of 12" sewer
  • Replace 600 feet of 15" drain
  • Install 2,850 feet of structural sewer liner
  • Install 200 feet of structural drain liner
Projected Completion of Work: September, 2017

Construction Impacts of Work

Impacts from this project include brief water service interruptions, traffic, noise and odor impacts. Alternate routes are recommended where feasible. Parking restrictions will also continue as work progresses. Updates will be provided as the work continues.

The Contractor will have a moving work zone and will restore parking as the work progresses.

We appreciate the cooperation of the abutters as we begin these improvements.

Surface Restoration

Temporary restoration of roadways, sidewalks and other areas disturbed by construction will be completed under this contract. Permanent restoration will occur under a separate paving contract.

Project Coordination and Contruction Activity

The Commission is committed to working closely with the Mayor's Office: elected officials; Boston Public Works Department (BPWD), Boston Transportation Department (BTD), and other City departments; other public and private utility companies; state and federal regulatory agencies; and, most importantly, with abutters to ensure the project is successfully completed. Effective coordination will also help mitigate many short-term construction related impacts that may be associated with the project.

Community Relations Program

The Commission is committed to a proactive community relations program during construction of this project. The program is designed to keep residents, businesses and elected officials informed about the project by holding public meetings, placing notices in local newspapers and posting updates on the project webpage, which will be available on the Commission's website at: BWSC

Before construction begins on a section of the street, a notice will be sent in the mail. The contractor is required to provide 48-hour notice to abutters for any anticipated water interruptions. Advisories and periodic updates and notices will be distributed to the project email list and on the Commission's website. Project staff will meet periodically with residents, businesses, civic groups, and elected officials to provide updates, as requested or appropriate.

Commission staff will work closely with affected abutters regarding issues such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic management, access to residences and business establishments, and maintaining access for deliveries and trash removal. The Commission will coordinate access and water interruptions with individual businesses and property owners/managers affected by any water main replacements.

During construction hours, a full-time Inspector will be onsite. To ensure a timely response, any concerns or questions should be addressed to field personnel. Contact the BWSC Inspector onsite or at the phone numbers listed in the Project Contacts box to the right.


For further information on the project or to be added to the mailing list, please contact:

Boston Water and Sewer Commission - 617-989-7000

Irene McSweeney, Director of Construction, 617-989-7447

Peter Salvatore, Project Engineer, 617-989-7363

Tony Leone, Inspector (onsite), 617-293-2291

Dolores Randolph - Deputy Director of Communications, 617-989-7360

If you have questions or concerns about construction, please contact:

Project Field Office:

John Bauld, Project Manager, 774-217-2621

Joe Federico, Superintendent, On Site


FED Corp.


Insituform Technologies, LLC

In an emergency, contact BWSC's 24-hour, 7-day a week number at 617-989-7000.